This is it, folks. This is the version of Play Services that will be running on our phones and tablets when Google I/O 2015 kicks off in just 6 days. There are things in here that will certainly make the keynote, so if you don't want any spoilers, close this page immediately! There's no point in beating around the bush when we've got so much to talk about, so let's get to the good stuff. Read More
Google mixed things up a bit this week as all of the biggest app updates turned up on Monday, leaving mostly bug fixes and minor tweaks to roll out on Wednesday. We didn't get to see anything exciting from the likes of Keep, Gmail, or most of the other updates, but Play Movies & TV came packing at least one extra. True TV fans will be able to binge watch an uninterrupted stream of episodes from their favorite shows. Read More
The Android 5.1.1 factory image for the Wi-Fi Nexus 9 came just over a week ago, and now it's the LTE-enabled model's turn. Google has posted a factory image that bumps the tablet up to version LMY47X.
This news comes at the same time that the Nexus 9 LTE is getting its OTA update. LTE versions of tablets tend to get updates after their Wi-Fi counterparts, but on the positive side, this wait was shorter than we've seen in the past. Read More
After seeing Android 5.1.1 hit the new Nexus tablet, the old Nexus tablet, and the Nexus-branded set-top box, it's time for Google to show its handsets some of that bugfix update lovin'. Android 5.1.1 is now hitting the Nexus 5 (version LMY48B for devices on LMY47D, LMY47B for those on LMY47I) and the Nexus 4 (LMY47V).
Left: Nexus 5, Right: Nexus 4
Sprint gave us a heads up a week ago that the goods were on their way to the Nexus 5, but things didn't move quite so quickly. Read More
YouTube updates have been rolling out about every week or two for the last couple of months. Most of the changes haven't been very big, but they're polishing up little aspects of the app in notable ways. The latest version bump doesn't bring significant modifications, either, but it's continuing the trend of small but visible changes. A permanent Cast button has been placed in the action bar and there are updated icons in the privacy selector for uploads. Read More
Version 5.5 of Google+ is straightforward. About as straightforward as it gets, really. So let's just get to it.
When you select the help option at the bottom of the drop-down menu, the app will no longer shoot you out to a help page tucked inside a web browser. Now you can view that same content directly inside the app. The posts won't look drastically different, but at least Google+ will stop passing you around like a basketball downcourt. Read More
There's a lot to cover on Update Wednesdays, so sometimes things slip onto Thursdays. Some of you have already played around with these files, but here's an overview of what has changed.
Google Docs and Slides now let you insert images directly into your reports and presentations. You can import photos from your gallery or snap one on the spot. Read More
Android TV may look different from vanilla Android, but underneath that tiled interface is the same operating system you know and love. That means it's possible to sideload whatever APKs you want. The thing is, without a touchscreen, most of them are pretty useless.
Take the regular Amazon Instant Video app. Besides requiring that you have the general Amazon app installed first, it fails to provide a passable experience on Android TV (which lacks an officially sanctioned Instant Video app because Amazon). Read More